DCHI Academy – Learn with us

To respond and act on the world around us, DCHI offers learning opportunities. Our thought leadership, captured as DCHI Academy, will spotlight programmes and projects from the organisations in the coalition. It also provides you (online) events and exercises to build on academic knowledge and act on public calls and private funding opportunities. Plus, it gives you our forward looking innovation insights. Tune in on our LinkedIn page regularly to catch all low hanging fruits and let us help you achieve your humanitarian aid and development goals.

DCHI Humanitarian Innovation Course [soon available online]

DCHI offers a course Humanitarian Innovation to all professionals in the humanitarian and development sector. The course is divided in several modules starting with the basics of innovation and examples of application, and also sharing with you what it takes to innovate in the humanitarian developmental context and what it can mean for an organisation.

The course, kicking off February 2021, consists of 5 weekly modules with a focus on innovation within the ecosystem, it’s challenges and how to manage these. Several innovators from the humanitarian field will provide cases studies and learnings.

Why register for our Innovation Course

  • Course Work & Materials are 100% Online
  • Insights and Case Studies from humanitarian experts and private-sector partnerships. 
  • Frontrunning innovators will provide methods and design principles for humanitarian partnerships that enable cost efficiency and improve quality of humanitarian work. 


Course Currucilum 2021

Week 1 – How might we …..Innovate? By Beatriz Humell, Van Hall Larenstein University
16 February, 2 – 4.30 pm CET

An introduction to the course, where we’ll review the program and share our main innovation challenges. Van Hall Larenstein University will facilitate an introduction on innovation in the humanitarian field with some great examples. Note that all lessons will be interactive and groupwork is required during the sessions. Participants will also have the opportunity to receive feedback on their assignments during the session.

Week 2 – Open Innovation Challenges & benefits By Alwin Veldboom, Outside Inc & Anton van Wijk, Dorcas & Lars Stevens, 510 Ned. Rode Kruis
23 February, 2 – 4.30 pm CET

‘What is open innovation and what are its main challenges & benefits?’ That is the question that will take center stage during this session hosted by a DCHI partner. A case study will be presented by 510 from the Netherlands Red Cross.

Week 3 – Humanitarian innovation Deep Dive by Iskandar Tange and Claire Bloemendaal, Fronteer & Case Study by Frank Velthuizen, WarChild
2 March, 2 – 4.30 pm CET

This week together with a DCHI partner, we’ll do a deep dive into how to innovate within an ecosystem & with multiple stakeholders. This weeks case study will be presented by War Child.

Week 4 – Entrepreneurship by Leonoor Akkermans, Van Hall Larenstein University & Case Study by Cecilia Ragazzi, Mercy Corps
9 March, 2 – 4.30 pm CET

In this session Van Hall Larenstein University will elaborate on the importance of entrepreneurship when innovating. We’ll do a quick review on learning loops and the case study will be presented by Mercy Corps.

Week 5 – How to Manage the Innovation Funnel? by Dirk Deichman, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University & Case Study by Lucian Lee, International Rescue Committee
16 March, 2 – 4.30 pm CET

How do you manage an innovation funnel? How do you ensure a regular influx of fresh ideas? DCHI will share a selection of the myriad possibilities out there and their take on how to go about this. The International Rescue Committe will share a case study.

DCHI Bookshelf

To Think About

Co-creation [Fronteer]

Growth vs Fixed Mindsets [Carol Dweck @ FS]

Human Centered Design [510 Global]

Humanizing digital technologies through design thinking [dt4b International Research Platform]

Innovating Humanitarian Aid [Student Project Group as part of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Minor ‘Responsible Innovation]

Testing Business Ideas [David Blend]

The Mom Test [Rob Fitzpatrick]

The power and potential of design thinking [Suzanne Gibbs Howard and Coe Leta Stafford]

Value Proposition Design [Alexander Osterwalder]

Weird Creative Ideas that Work [Robert Sutton]

Why Now is the time for open innovation [Harvard Business Review]

In Practice

“Want, Find, Get, Manage” Model® [Slowinski]

Business Model Canvas for Social Enterprise Design [CSC UK]

Co-creation innovation case [SAP & Starhsea]

Coalition Toolkit [Fronteer]

Collective Action Toolkit [Frog Design]

Easy Ideas For Incorporating More Creative Problem Solving [FORBES]

Fail Fair [Butterfly Works]

Manifesto [Butterfly Works]

Partnership Co-Design Toolkit [MIT D-Lab]

Prototyping [Butterfly Works]

This Deck of Cards Will Change the Way You Work [IDEO]

What do LEGO® bricks and prototyping have in common? [Devbridge]


DCHI Simulation Game

In 2019 DCHI introduced our playful simulation through a role-play game on collaboration! DCHI Simulation is designed to explore key elements of innovation and deploy collaboration for humanitarian aid. It is now available for you and your peers in a ready-to-play box. It is now available for you and your peers in a ready-to-play box.

The game actively encourages participants to empathise with the needs and interests of other stakeholders. Through using assigned roles to come up with innovations when faced with a fictional humanitarian scenario. The simulation accommodates up to 16 players but we advise you to respect the COVID-19 regulations. You can order your DCHI Simulation board and cards including professional guidance here.